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Long term affects of Child Abuse are worse

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Home is a place of comfort and security, where your parents love you and where they support you. What happens when all of that is changed? When your house is now a place of pain and fear; Richard Pelzer knows exactly how this feels. His childhood consists of constant abuse and neglect. In all cases of child abuse, the effects don’t end as soon as the parent decides to stop. Surviving child abuse is a lifelong battle. The child deals with the pain everyday of their lives even when they become adults. When a child is abused their life as an adult is now open to addiction, mental disorders, and suicide years later. The long time effects are far worse than the immediate bruises and broken bones. Many people begin to do drugs to forget, and not to feel the pain of their lives. When the person begins the drug it opens a window for addiction. Adults who have a past of childhood of abuse want to forget their repulsive past more than anyone, and this leads to having drug problems. In fact, adult’s who have a history of child abuse are two times as likely to become alcoholics (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center). Living a life devoted to being drunk is simply not a life anyone one would be proud to live. Not only is is there a chance of the abused child to become an alcoholic, but their chance of becoming a smoker is also doubled (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center). Smoking demolishes the lungs and kills you ever so slowly. The abused child is now causing detrimental effects to their lungs due to their past. To make matters worse, adults who were neglected as a child are three times more likely to develop a drug addiction (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center). No parent would have exultation in being the cause o... ... middle of paper ... ...bused ( Iannelli). Approximately, 75% of children were suffering from neglect (Iannelli). Of these victims 27% were under the age of 3 (Iannelli). Being abused as a child makes them more prone to do drugs, have brain disabilities, and commit suicide. That is if they are lucky enough to survive the abuse as Richard was. Since on average of nearly five children die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect (Iannelli). Child abuse makes adulthood a battleground. Works Cited "Abused Children Face Greater Suicide Risk." ABC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 24Feb. 2014. Iannelli, Vincent, M.D. Facts about Child Abuse. N.p. 29 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2014. "Information About Child Abuse & Prevention." San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Pelser B. Richard. A Brother’s Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse. New York: Warner, 2005.Print.
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